using vaccines in patients with weak immune systems

Questions often come up about using vaccines in patients with weak immune systems due to HIV, cancer, transplants, and certain meds.

Can immunocompromised patients receive LIVE vaccines (FluMist, Zostavax, etc)? In some cases, no. There's a chance of developing the disease that the vaccine is trying to prevent.

Watch for patients on chemotherapy...with HIV...or who have had a recent organ transplant. Their immune systems may not be up to fighting off the live vaccine.

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